Kenyan member of parliament Gideon Kimaiyo confirmed the tragic accident that led to the death of marathon runner Sammy Kiptum and his coach. Kimaiyo expressed deep condolences for Kiptum, calling him a legend who had set a new world record in the Chicago Marathon at just 24 years old. The news of their deaths has left the people of Keiyo South saddened, as they mourn the loss of two talented athletes.
The organisers of the London Marathon also expressed their deep sadness at the news, with World Athletics president Seb Coe sharing his shock and deep sadness at the loss of Kiptum and his coach. Coe spoke of Kiptum’s incredible legacy and the impact he left behind, saying that he will be dearly missed. The organization sent their deepest condolences to the families, friends, team-mates and the Kenyan nation.